I had the opportunity to ski with a group of amazing women during the 2nd annual Big Sky Lady Shred on December 22. SheJumps, a not for profit organization that gets girls into outdoor sports, puts on "Get the Girls Out" days at ski resorts across the nation. This was our day. I skied and après-skied with friends I see every day and with new friends. Even though Big Sky Lady Shred happens but once a year, it's a fantastic day to meet other amazing women in my community and to just enjoy time outside with the girls. Here's a quick video edit of the powder day we had. See if you can spot me in the tutu and gorilla helmet.
Video: Michael Jezak
Turkey for a Ticket came about through the leadership team at Moonlight Basin in 2007. They wanted December to be a month of giving, and were aiming to build the day into a clothing and food drive, but were so successful at the food part it stuck. Since the first Turkey for a Ticket the fundraiser has collected 188,788 pounds of food for the Gallatin Valley, Madison Valley, and Big Sky Food Banks.
Last year I had the opportunity to help out with Turkey for a Ticket. After lots of smiling, collecting pounds and pounds of food, and handing out free skiing, I had time to reflect on how amazing this food drive is.
Not only does it feel good to give to our neighbors, but Turkey for a Ticket is such a fun way to do it. Over the years I've participated in clothing drives, food drives, and toy drives during the Holidays, but never have I seen this much collection in one day in one place. I'm proud to be a part of a company that stocks the food banks, and proud to help out with another year of Turkey for a Ticket.
Turkey for a Ticket 2013 at Madison Base Area. Look at those beautiful birds.
In preparation for the beginning of a new ski season I am participating in what I like to call the 25 Days of Winter leading up to Nov. 27. With less than one week until Opening Day, stay tuned for more tips and anticipation of the coming winter season. Here are days 6-10:
Plan to attend a festival this winter. To beat the mid-winter blues (aka: lack of Vitamin D) catch a music or film festival for those après-ski hours. My suggestion: Big Sky Big Grass Bluegrass Festival at Big Sky Resort. Quickly becoming the largest bluegrass festival in Montana, Big Sky Big Grass features Leftover Salmon, The Travelin' McCourys, Della Mae, John Jorgenson, and so many more. Tickets go on sale soon.
Journeying. The ultimate exploration of the mountains means one has to go on a journey. Part of that journey includes these days leading up to Opening Day. The days feel like they drag on forever, but time goes by quickly so get ready to continue that journey into winter.
Look for annunciations. Listen closely for the start of those daily snowreports and lift openings. Big Sky Resort begins the daily morning snowreport on Thanksgiving Day. Click here for snowreport info at Big Sky Resort.
Plan to stay for après music. Figure out what days work best in one's schedule to stick around at Whiskey Jack's or Carabiner Lounge for live après music featuring amazing Big Sky and Bozeman local artists. I would give a suggestion, but there's just no going wrong when it comes to live music in Big Sky.
Wax. It's time to get those skis and snowboards waxed for the upcoming season. Get more info on tune ups at the Big Sky Sports Repair Shop or Moonride Rentals and Repair.
Check back soon for days 1-5.
Della Mae at Big Sky Big Grass 2015.
Lynsey Dyer's all-female ski movie, Pretty Faces, premieres in Big Sky at Lone Peak Cinema on Saturday, Nov. 8. Check out a sneak peek of the film below. In addition to Pretty Faces, Dyer opened up the all-female video idea to all resorts by encouraging submissions of their own ladies shredding their home mountains in the Stomping Grounds competition. Although Big Sky Resort didn't win the competition (ok Jackson Hole, your edit isn't bad), the all-female Big Sky mini film showcases just the tip of the iceberg of women shredders hitting the Biggest Skiing in America. Check out the Big Sky edit below and see it on the big screen Saturday night.
Pretty Faces Teaser Trailer
Big Sky Resort's Stomping Grounds. Filmed by Chris Kamman; Edited by Michael Jezak
Oktoberfest began in Munich, Germany in 1810 as a festival to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig I to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, and has since transformed into the world's largest fair.
It wasn't until the 1880s that Oktoberfest added breweries as a way to draw more people to the festival. Today, more than 6.5 million people attend Oktoberfest, but only six breweries provide the beer. Beer must be brewed within the city limits of Munich and conform to the Reinheitsgebot ("German Beer Purity Law") to be an official Oktoberfest brew.
Although Big Sky Resort's Oktoberfest provides beer brewed outside of Munich and only lasts three days, instead of the traditional 17-day festival, it's a mighty great time with beer specials, food specials, golf tournaments, and a traditional Oktoberfest dinner. Dinner includes: Bratwursts with curried ketchup and whole grain mustard, braised red cabbage, German-style potato salad, apple strudel, and more!
"Mehr Bier, Bitte!"
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